Important Notice to Mariners
Lake Mead water elevations will be declining throughout the summer. Before launching, check lake levels, launch ramp conditions, changes to Aids to Navigation and weather conditions by clicking on More »
Summer Fire Rules in Effect
Lake Mead NRA is now enforcing summer fire restrictions. Please click 'more' to learn about the rules for fire during our hot, dry season. More »
The two lakes, Mead and Mohave, humans have created in the desert not only mark the taming of the Colorado River, they are themselves a recreational resource of national significance and carry with them many stories. The stories are only recently a part of the Arizona-Nevada history, nevertheless the lakes seem to be timeless elements in this desert setting. Their ages may be measured in only decades, but they represent the culmination of an intimate association between human and the river that has lasted for centuries.
Lake Mead was created first, with the building of Hoover Dam in 1935; Lake Mohave followed, with the completion of Davis Dam in 1953. Together they provide a setting for many stories.
Did You Know?
Hoover Dam was the first major dam to span the wild Colorado River. One hundred twelve workers died before it was finished in 1935.